China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. and its subsidiary, Volvo Car Corp., have begun development of a subcompact vehicle platform in a Swedish R&D center that the partners opened last year.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the subcompact would be used exclusively by Geely to compete against international rivals such as the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo, Honda Fit/Jazz and Toyota Yaris.
Citing an interview with Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, the newspaper said the subcompact car likely would hit the market in several years. The paper said a key goal of the project is to engineer a subcompact car that meets safety and quality standards in Western markets where China’s automakers have struggled to gain traction.
The subcompact would be the second joint project undertaken by the R&D center. Last September, Geely disclosed that the center is developing a compact car platform that both companies could use.
Meanwhile, the Brose Group announced on Jan. 22 that it would supply components for the compact car that Geely and Volvo are developing. The German supplier said the vehicles will be launched in China and Europe.
Brose also will supply a variety of mechanical components — such as door, seat and latch systems, power tailgates and electric drives — to Geely’s other models, according to a partnership agreement it signed with Geely this week.
Via Automotive News